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Shooting Reported At Kern County High School
A shooting has been reported at a high school in Kern County this morning, prompting evacuations.
It happened at around 9 am this morning at Taft Union High School, which is located in a rural town southwest of Bakersfield. Details are sketchy, but there are reports that at least two people were shot, and one person was taken into custody, according to local NBC affiliate KGET.
It's not clear how serious the injuries were. One person was transported to a hospital by helicopter, according to the Bakersfield Californian.
Kern County sheriff's conducted room-to-room searches at the school and were evacuating students and staff onto the football field, KGET reported.
We'll update this post as we learn more information.
UPDATED 11 AM: The shooting happened inside a science classroom. The victim transported to the hospital was a male student and a junior, according to the Californian. A parent told a local ABC affiliate that the second victim may have been a teacher. A weapon has been recovered from the scene.
UPDATED 12 PM: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a statement on the shooting: "Today comes word of another tragic shooting at an American school. I have visited this school over the years—in fact, my own father attended Taft Union. At this moment my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and I wish them a speedy recovery. But how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?"
A shotgun was used in the shooting, and officials told the Los Angeles Times that the shooter is a student.
UPDATE 1 PM: A teacher and a counselor were credited with talking the shooter into dropping the gun, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood said, "If it weren't for this teacher and a quick response, we don't know. They talked him into putting the shotgun down."
The shooter, described only as a male student, spoke with the 16-year-old victim before shooting him. He shot at a second student—and missed—as the teacher tried to get students out of the classroom. The teacher was grazed by a bullet. The teacher and school counselor confronted the student, which distracted the shooter long enough until the students were able to flee. The pair were finally able to talk the shooter into dropping the weapon.
"The heroics go without saying -- to stand there and face someone who has a shotgun and has already shot a student, we're very proud of the job they did," Youngblood said.